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Chapter 15 section 3 (the executive departments)

  1. 1. The Executive Departments Chapter 15 Section 3
  2. 2. The Executive Branch The President Executive Office of the President Executive Departments Independent Agencies
  3. 4. The Executive Departments <ul><li>15 Cabinet Departments </li></ul><ul><li>Each headed by a secretary (except DOJ headed by Attorney General) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Appointed by President, confirmed by the Senate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Department of State </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Represents US abroad, negotiates with foreign leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Department of Treasury </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Produces coins, bills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collects taxes, manages public debt </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Executive Departments (Cont.) <ul><li>Department of Defense </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides military forces </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Department of Justice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prosecutes violators of federal law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Represents US in court </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Department of Interior </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Manages public lands (national parks) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps Native Americans manage land </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. Executive Departments (Cont.) <ul><li>Departments of Agriculture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Manages National Forests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assists farmers, inspects food </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Department of Commerce </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conducts census </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grants patents, registers trademarks, promotes trade </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Department of Labor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enforces minimum wage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administers unemployment programs, job training </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Executive Departments (Cont.) <ul><li>Dept. of Health and Human Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Funds health care research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enforces pure food laws, administers medicare </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Operates home financing and public housing programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enforces fair housing laws </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Executive Departments (Cont.) <ul><li>Department of Transportation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Promotes and regulates highways, mass transit, railroads, air travel </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Department of Energy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Promotes production of renewable energy, fossil fuels, and nuclear energy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Department of Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Administers federal aid to schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conducts educational research </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Executive Departments (Cont.) <ul><li>Department of Veterans Affairs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Administers benefits to veterans of armed forces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oversees military cemeteries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Department of Homeland Security </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergency preparedness and response </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information analysis and infrastructure protection </li></ul></ul>

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